Living Large

From SUVs to Double Ds---Why Going Bigger Isn't Going Better

Sarah Z. Wexler

St. Martin's Press

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"Going big" is an act that's quintessentially American.  From our homes and cars, to our bodies and meals, to our churches and businesses, supersizing has become a way of life.  But with a struggling economy and our nation's leaders urging us to reassess the impact of our daily lives, it has become impossible to ignore the toll that our unquenchable thirst for size has taken--on our enviroment, finances, communities, and psyches.
 
By turns funny and incisive, Living Large takes readers on a nation-spanning journey into the world of supersizing.  From Whittier, California (home of America's biggest operational landfill) to Northway Christian Community Church in Wexford, PA (just one of the 1,900 megachurches constucted in the US since 1970); from the Tiffany flagship store in Manhattan (where in the past twenty years the average engagement ring diamond has nearly doubled in size) to Bloomington, Minnesota's Mall of America (4.2 million square feet of commerce), it paints an unforgettable portrait of modern America and offers a real-world assessment of the impact.  Through first-hand reporting and interviews with academics, researchers, business owners, and consumers, LIVING LARGE offers an enlightening look at a nation that's been supersizing for centuries but is only now coming to grips with its insatiable appetite for bigger and more.

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LIVING LARGE (Chapter 1) The McMansion Expansion

Kathy, a longtime friend from Northern Virginia, invited me over to her Manhattan apartment. She said she wanted to share some big news. As I walked the familiar sixteen blocks from my place to hers, I thought about what the news could be. Within the last year, she’d gotten married and she and her husband were about to have a baby. They lived in—by New York standards—a fancy-schmancy place, since the building was three blocks from the subway and had an elevator, a gym, a terrace, and a doorman.

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“[Wexler’s] witty narrative makes her supersize warning easy to swallow and hard to ignore.” People Magazine, 3 ½ stars (of 4)

“Wexler reminds us that Americans have completely lost perspective, both literally and figuratively… Amusing and timely.” —Kirkus Reviews

“By turns horrified, tempted, incredulous, guilt-ridden, mystified, and captivated by these excesses, Wexler approaches her subject with a compassion born of her own complicity (she's an SUV driver and enjoys her shopping)… Wexler brings a friendly first-person perspective to her study of surfeit and of the psychology behind our compulsion to consume and squander.” —Publishers Weekly

“Wexler takes us on the most insightful couch-potato tour of American excess out there.… Filled with the comic irony of a Stewart or Colbert.” —John de Graaf, coauthor of Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic

"I'll just say it, since someone has to: This is a hugely entertaining book." —A.J. Jacobs, author of The Guinea Pig Diaries and The Year of Living Biblically

“Perfectly timed. This is a gorgeous romp of sharp cultural criticism by one of America's big new voices.” —Jeanne Marie Laskas, award-winning author of Growing Girls


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Sarah Z. Wexler

SARAH ZOE WEXLER is a staff editor at Marie Claire and has written for the magazine as well as Esquire, Popular Science, The Washington Post, Wired, and Ladies’ Home Journal. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction and lives in New York.

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Living Large
From SUVs to Double Ds---Why Going Bigger Isn't Going Better
Sarah Z. Wexler

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St. Martin's Press
October 2010
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ISBN: 9781429942522
ISBN10: 1429942525
240 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
October 2010
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ISBN: 9780312540258
ISBN10: 0312540256
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 240 pages
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